Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Nick DiFonzo's The Bolthole has an interesting, long, casual chronology of Texas automobile registration and license plates. Very well illustrated. He begins thisly:
Some selections teach us: A star was inserted amid the numbers in 1923. Licenses became yearly in 1925. An orange color was used in 1933 and maroon in 1935. In 1939, the edges were "turned in" so that car washers wouldn't be likely to cut themselves. Read more at http://www.thebolthole.com/texas.html
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
VICTORY OR DEATH
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.
P.S. The Lord is on our side -- When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn -- We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves --
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Enchanted Rock with Trees Growing from Cracks
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tejas Foco Regional Conference: Pasado, Presente, y Futuro: Forty Years of Chicana and Chicano Studies in Texas
The conference is self-described: "The year 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the formal establishment of Mexican American Studies in the academy in Texas. Since the early 1970s, many approaches have been developed and employed in the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies, some focusing on political economy, others on cultural studies, some focusing on the specificity of the Tejano experience, others focusing on how Texas fits into the larger experience of Mexican Americans in the United States and linkages to Mexico and Latin America. Chicana and Chicano Studies in Texas has drawn from many intellectual approaches and fields, and struggled to expand the definition of the academy, activism, and intellectual life.
The goal of the 2010 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Tejas Foco Regional Conference is to examine questions around a "Texas School" of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Scholars of Chicana and Chicano Studies, members of NACCS, and the general public will engage the question of whether there is (or is not) a Texas-based approach to Chicana and Chicano Studies. Presentations will look at the past, present, and future of Chicana and Chicano Studies in Texas to outline such a "Texas School" of thought or may call into question the very idea of such a proposition. The conference will also consider whether there is more than one school of thought within Texas."
Attendance is free to the public.
Read more at http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/cmas/news/2126
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One Hundred and Fourteenth Annual Meeting
March 4-6, 2010
Dallas, TexasRegistration Available Online
Make plans now to attend the Texas State Historical Association's 2010 Annual Meeting. The 114th annual meeting will be held March 4-6, 2010 at the Marriott Quorum Hotel in Dallas, Texas located at 14901 Dallas Parkway, just south of Beltline Rd. at Dallas North Tollway. Directions and a map are available.
Special rates of $135 per night plus tax have been extended through February 24, 2010. Parking for the meeting will be complimentary. Book online: TSHA Room Block at Marriott Quorum Hotel or call (972) 661-2800 or Toll-free (800) 811-8664 and ask for the TSHA Annual Meeting."
In addition to the many programs are
Joint sessions with the Texas Oral History Association, the Texas Folklore Society, the Society of Southwest Archivists, the Texas Catholic Historical Society, the Texas Baptist Historical Society, and the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society are planned. Also scheduled are the Handbook of Texas workshop, the Quarterly and publications workshops, and the business meeting.
Read more at
The Texas Labor Managment Conference established a Hall of Fame in 2002 to recognize labor, management, and academics that have made major contributions to labor-management collaboration.
The criteria include
- Potential nominees must have a minimum of 2 years experience in the labor-management relation field while serving as a management official, union official or in academia:
Potential nominees must have held important leadership roles in the labor-management relations field while serving as a management official, union official or academia: and
Potential nominees must have made a significant impact on labor-management relations while serving as a management official, union official or academia.
The 2008 Inductees are
Colleen C. Barrett - President and Corporate Secretary,
Jackie St. Claire (Retired) - United Association of
Plumbers & Pipefitters
Read more about it: http://www.txlmc.com/Hall_of_Fame.htm
"Charlie Wilson, US politician who secretly funded CIA in Afghanistan, dies"
Friday, February 12, 2010By JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News
The article begins: "Lillian Moore Bradshaw blazed a 38-year path in Dallas that cleared a management path for women in city government.
In 1946, she was one of the first married women hired at the Dallas Public Library, where she was the first female director 16 years later. She was the first woman to lead a major U.S. library. And she capped off her decades of public service as an assistant city manager/liaison when Dallas played host to the 1984 Republican National Convention.
Mrs. Bradshaw, 95, died Tuesday of natural causes at an Avalon Residential Care Home in Dallas." Read more of this remarkable librarian at
"SE Texas group works to save black schoolhouses"
By KYLE PEVETO of the Beaumont Enterprise via the AP in the Houston Chronicle report begins:
"JASPER, Texas — Fifty years ago, a teacher in a one-room Jasper County schoolhouse faced a class full of rural African-American children and issued a challenge.
"Everyone of you is going to college," Viola Tukes told them.
Some of those students did go to college, while others, like Jesse Woods, took the first good-paying job they could find. But in the small school, situated in the Rock Hill community between Kirbyville and Jasper, students were given an education and opportunities that barely existed for previous generations.
"I've seen some good times in Rock Hill," said Woods, 62, whose father never learned to read or drive a car. Woods attended the Rock Hill school in the 1950s.
The schoolhouse was built in the 1920-21 school year through the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which supplied funding and architectural planning for 5,300 African-American schools from1912 to 1932."
Read more of the effort to save these Rosenwald schools at
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Brad Rollins in the San Marcos Mercury filed a report Texas State acquires Billy Porterfield archives.
The Rollins report begins: "Billy Porterfield, the legendary Texas journalist and award-winning author of several books, has donated his major archive to the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University.
Born in 1932 in East Texas, Porterfield grew up the son of an itinerant oilfield worker and attended dozens of schools before graduating from Woodsboro High School in 1950. His nomadic childhood informed his work, much of which takes place on the road, as well as his approach to gathering ideas for newspaper columns. Curiosity, a notepad, a map, and a full tank of gas were the tools of his trade."
Porterfield's book include include LBJ Country (1965), A Loose Herd of Texans (1978), Texas Rhapsody: Memories of a Native Son (1981), The Greatest Honky-Tonks in Texas (1983), and Diddy Waw Diddy: The Passage of an American Son (1994). His journalism spread wide. All of this and more summed up in 35 boxes. Read more about it at
Happy 25th anniversary!
Asad Walker of the Defender newspaper reported on the 25th anniversary of the Shrine Cultural Center and Bookstore in Houston. It's a good long article, an extract reads:
"Part of the largest Black-owned bookstore chain in the nation, Houston's Shrine Bookstore opened in December 1986. What was once a decaying bowling alley in South Park, was renovated and transformed into the 23,500 square feet "crown jewel" of the trio of cultural centers owned by the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church. The other two stores are located in Atlanta and Detroit, the city where the first one opened its doors in 1970.
Born at the tail-end of the Black Power Era, the Detroit store gave African American authors a place to sell their books long before mainstream stores began carrying such items.
"The original name of the first Cultural Center was the Sudan Import Specialty Shop," recalled Anika Sala, Detroit native and manager of the Shrine Bookstore in Houston. "Our church founder, Reverend Albert B. Cleage Jr. assigned his sister, Barbara Martin to create a center for Black culture, heritage and self-determination. What Martin did was start an incredible legacy that has celebrated our history and made some history of its own." " Read more at
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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February 5, 2010 by: Melissa Galvez
on their Most Endangered Historic Places list. The group says that the LaPorte battle field needs a
comprehensive plan to keep it from falling prey to the 21st century. Melissa Galvez has the story.
That's Jan DeVault, President of the Friends of the San Jacinto Battlefield. Her organization
is working with Preservation Texas to raise awareness of the need for better planning around
the historic site. They're concerned about development encroaching on the battlefield, as well
as pollution from nearby industry. DeVault says the group does not oppose building in the area,
but wants to preserve the 19th century character of the landscape."
Hear the fuller segment at http://app1.kuhf.org/houston_public_radio-news-display.php?articles_id=1265405384
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
1848-1948" is a new online history exhibit from the Texas State Library and
Archives. Drawing from the Archives' extensive collections of historic
penitentiary records, the exhibit documents in words, photographs, and
archival images how, from humble beginnings with little money or public
support, the Texas prison system eventually transformed into a self-supporting
network of sugar and cotton farms. But hellish conditions and brutal
punishments led to one of the greatest scandals in Texas history, and began a
cycle of reform that brought Texas to a new era of professional penology."
In addition, the website contains a complete list of links to the online
finding aids to the original records. The exhibit may be found at:
Monday, February 08, 2010
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
I regret to inform you that Jenkins Garrett, TSHA President 1988 - 1989, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2010, in Fort Worth at the age of 95.
Mr. Garrett was the husband of Virginia Williams Garrett and the father of Dianne Garrett Powell, who is the Association's Vice-President.
A tribute to Mr. Garrett appears in today's Fort Worth Star Telegram, which is available in an online version. The article includes details about the services planned for Monday, February 1 in Fort Worth. The link also has a Guestbook, with options to write a comment and to read those of others.
I am sure you will join me, the Board, and the staff in the sadness of losing a great Texan,
J. Kent Calder